The province is investing more than $6 million over the next three years to help combat crime and build safer communities in Ontario.
The Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing (POC-FLP) Grant repurposes funds forfeited during criminal prosecutions and helps local police fight gun and gang crime, human trafficking and sexual violence.
“By cutting off the resources of these crooks and redirecting that money to our brave men and women in uniform, we will ensure our police can keep our streets safe and put violent criminals behind bars where they belong,” Premier Doug Ford said. “Thanks to the relentless work of police forces across the province, we’re able to deliver $6 million more to help combat the most heinous crimes, including gun and gang violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking,”
This year, $600,000 of this provincial investment will be provided to the York Regional Police (YRP) in collaboration with community partners to implement Project Uriel and Project Infantry.
Project Uriel will modernize how youth at risk of being recruited into human trafficking are reported to YRP, develop a crime prevention model based on social development, and provide resources to address immediate needs of victims of human trafficking. This project will also help fund YRP proactive intelligence gathering initiatives related to the sex trade and support the organization of an interdisciplinary conference focused on human trafficking investigations and supports needed by human trafficking survivors.
Project Infantry will help identify and examine the significant increase of gun and gang violence by working with integrated and multi–sectoral partnerships.
“York Regional Police is grateful to the province for recognizing that partnerships and collaboration are the only way to solve the complicated issues of human trafficking and violent crime,” York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween said. “We must continue to use the experience and expertise of our partners if we want to succeed and this funding will go a long way to assist us in combatting these issues. We are thankful for that and we are very much looking forward to starting this essential work.”
“Our government’s investment in our police and community partners is an important step in our fight against gang violence and human trafficking. We will continue to do all that we can to keep York Region and Ontario residents safe,” said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville, who is pictured donning a clear face mask.
This investment builds on Ontario’s province-wide strategy to fight gun and gang violence as well as its new comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking.
Photo: YRP Chief Jim MacSween (centre) poses with the York Region MPPs at the Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing Grant announcement.